The Master of Science in Accounting degree requires you to complete a series of common body of knowledge (CBK) courses, a set of background accounting courses and the MS in Accounting core courses. A comprehensive exam is not required to complete the MS in Accounting degree.
The MS in Accounting may include courses in subjects such as:
- Data Analysis
- Applied Economics
- Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
- Accounting Systems and Data Processing
- Income Tax Accounting
- Capstone Financial Accounting or Managerial Accounting
Accounting prerequisite courses may be required. Upon being admitted, an advisor will review your previous transcripts to determine if you can potentially be waived from any/all of the accounting prerequisite courses. If not waived from accounting prerequisite courses, these courses can be taken when you start the degree; you are not required to take these classes before being admitted to the program. If you have questions about the waiver process prior to admission, please contact the graduate advising team. The prerequisite courses cover:
- Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information
- Financial Accounting
- Management Accounting
The auditing and forensic accounting specialization is intended for
students who want to begin or expand their careers as external auditors
in public accounting, internal auditors in private accounting or
auditors in government. The curriculum includes fraud examination,
forensic accounting, basic audit techniques and U.S. GAAP and
international financial reporting standards and practices which includes
consolidated financial reporting for multinational corporations.
Emphasis is placed on acquiring relevant knowledge and on research and
This specialization can be completed with four elective courses. Learn more.
The Controllership/Chief Financial Officer specialization is intended
for students who want to expand or begin their careers in industry,
government, or nonprofit accounting. The curriculum includes financial
reporting and analysis, with concentrations on U.S. GAAP and
international financial reporting standards and practices, including
consolidated financial reporting for multinational corporations,
industry specializations such as oil and gas and government and
nonprofit accounting. Emphasis is placed on acquiring relevant knowledge
and on research and analytical skills.
This specialization can be completed with four of your elective courses. Learn more.
Information Systems Audit Control gives you specialized knowledge of:
- business-process management and security
- the strategies for integrating governance and compliance
- the IT organization's financial and business intelligence services
This specialization is specific and contains changes to the original Accounting requirements. Please see an advisor for details on AISAAC Specialization degree plan. Learn more.